“Guadalupe Speaks to Me”: Interpreting Las Guadalupanas’ Voices

  • Theresa L. Torres


In the previous chapter, I presented selections from four interviews with the members of the Guadalupana Society. These are representative of the 21 interviews and depict the richness of the women’s spirituality and shared cultural memory rooted in their faith beliefs, particularly those focused on Our Lady of Guadalupe. This chapter illustrates the salient themes present in all of the interviews, my ethnography, and a study of their rituals, namely: mother, self-identity, transformation, home, relationality (or web of relations), quoditian (lo cotidiano) and la fuerza (the strength), which undergirds and binds the rest of these themes together.


Ethnic Identity Kansas City Transformative Experience Ground Theory Approach Salient Theme 
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